Category: News and Politics

Jason Van Dyke is Guilty!

Jason Van Dyke is Guilty!
I needed some time to process before posting this one.  What do you say about a monumental shift that rocks an entire city? The entire city held it’s collective breath as we waited for the verdict in the Jason Van Dyke trial. So many fears were resting on the history of the city. In Chicago,... Read more »

A Perspective on the Bill Cosby Case

A Perspective on the Bill Cosby Case
This Bill Cosby thing was on my mind all morning. When I refer to this “thing”, I’m referring to this outpouring of sympathy across my social media for his sentencing, and for the fact that he could quite possibly die in jail. I just don’t get it. The man had 60 accusers, spanning decades. Now, I’m a... Read more »

One Of The NRA's Paid Gerbils Blocked Me On Twitter!

One Of The NRA's Paid Gerbils Blocked Me On Twitter!
Needless to say, talks of ‘Russia’ are on Americans lips for a variety of reasons. Most recently, because the world watched as the President of the United States effectively knelt down and let Russian President Vladimir Putin urinate in his mouth.  At least, that’s how I perceived the debacle. Now, let’s use common sense:  Russia... Read more »
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Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan

Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan
I’ve always told my students, “Don’t just read about history someone else is making.  Make some yourself.” Yesterday felt like history being made.  It felt momentous.  In the wake of the March For Our Lives movement, and the new explosion of youth engagement, it felt like so many pages coming together. Now, I’m no stranger... Read more »

Are You Going To Strides For Peace?

Are You Going To Strides For Peace?
Do you think about Chicago violence? Do you talk about Chicago violence? If either of those answers is yes, then the only place you should be Thursday night is Grant Park, for the Strides for Peace “Race Against Gun Violence”. I don’t intend to sound mean, but I will say it to all of you as... Read more »

The Metro Gun Share Program

The Metro Gun Share Program
If you’ve ventured down to Daley Plaza in the last 24 hours, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a new addition to the Plaza,  a new art exhibit entitled the Metro Gun Share Program.  The design of the art piece will look extremely familiar to Chicagoans; it looks exactly like a Divvy bike share docking station.  However, you’ll... Read more »
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Is This America???

Is This America???
Now, first and foremost, if you haven’t seen the video for Childish Gambino’s newest internet breaking single and video, This Is America, you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about…so start by watching the video.  If you’ve seen it before, you already know that 4, 5, or 6 viewings isn’t enough to take it all... Read more »

Kanye West and Donald Trump

Kanye West and Donald Trump
I came home tonight with the express intent of climbing in bed and going straight to sleep. I’m hella tired. However, this topic has been in my mind all day. In addition, a few friends asked me my thoughts on the recent tweets of Kanye West. Other friends expressed their opinions, many publicly, a few... Read more »

Reflections of a Chicago Boy who took students to the March For Our Lives: DC Edition

Reflections of a Chicago Boy who took students to the March For Our Lives: DC Edition
8:04am I am currently sitting in a Starbucks in Crestwood, IL., 2 hours removed from our bus returning to Chicago. Let me start by saying that I feel amazingly fortunate to have traveled to Washington D.C. for the March For Our Lives. Better yet, I was able to travel there with a bus full of... Read more »
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Breaking News: Gun Dealer Licensing Passes in Illinois!

It’s pretty rare that I’m speechless, or don’t know exactly what to say, or at least have a general idea of what I want to say. But, I’m drawing a pretty good blank at the moment. A little over 3 years ago, I was introduced to the idea of Gun Dealer Licensing.  I was sat... Read more »